Company Drinks is an art project in the shape of a drinks company.

It links the history of East Londoners ‘going hop-picking’ in Kent to the formation of a new community enterprise, which brings people together to pick, process and produce drinks in east London today.

Company Drinks is a new type of company, where the commercial supports the communal and cultural. Each year, we run a full drinks production cycle of growing, picking, processing, branding, bottling, trading and reinvesting. We produce syrups, sodas, saps, tonics, ciders, pops and beers.

We began in 2014, with a simple invitation to residents in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to go picking again. Since then, more than 12000 people from across the borough and London wide have engaged with our company through harvests, workshops, public events and Hopping Afternoons, and we’ve been recognised on a national and international level. Today, we’ve developed into a popular local company and community space with a permanent base in Barking Park.

Company Drinks wants to become a solid example of how to combine local heritage (‘going picking’ and the area’s agricultural and industrial past) with local resources (spare fruit, growing spaces), local skills (recipe ideas, specialist and localised knowledge, drinks production) and a local economy.

Company Drinks was set up by Kathrin Böhm of Myvillages in May 2014, with the help of the Create Art Award, and registered as a Community Interest Company in 2015.


2018
Company Drinks 2018
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
October 2018

2017
Company Drinks 2017
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
October 2017

2016
Company Drinks 2016
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
October 2016

2015
Company Drinks 2015
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
December 2015